Posted: December 2, 2008 by cacoop in Dems, Healthcare, Media, Obama, Politics, Uncategorized

by cacoop

The LA Times’ reports, “Consensus emerging on universal healthcare”.

After decades of failed efforts to reshape the nation’s healthcare system, a consensus appears to be emerging in Washington about how to achieve the elusive goal of providing medical insurance to all Americans.

The answer, say leading groups of businesses, hospitals, doctors, labor unions and insurance companies — as well as senior lawmakers on Capitol Hill and members of the new Obama administration — is unprecedented government intervention to create a system of universal protection.

AWESOME!  Problem solved!  Thank God!  Great job. 

Whoops, hold on a second…

At the same time, those groups, which span the ideological and political spectrum, largely have agreed to preserve the employer-based system through which most Americans get their health insurance.

The idea of a federal, single-payer system patterned on those in Europe and Canada, long a dream of the political left, is now virtually off the table.

Rejected as well is the traditionally conservative concept, championed by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) during the presidential campaign, of reforming healthcare mainly by giving incentives for more Americans to buy insurance on their own.

There also is a widespread understanding that any expansion of coverage must be accompanied by aggressive efforts to bring down costs and reward quality care. And key players in the healthcare debate increasingly back a massive investment of taxpayer money for healthcare reform despite the burgeoning budget deficits.
OK… I found it here.  From Merriam-Webster’s Third New International Dictionary (Bizzaro-World Edition):
Function: noun
1. disharmony, lack of cooperation.  <when a group cannot agree on shit they have consensus>
2. mandate forced down from above by those with unchecked power.
All in favor say "Aye".  All opposed say "Aye".

All in favor say "Aye". All opposed say "Aye". Consensus achieved. Motion carries.


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